New Orleans responds to strife, as always, with song | The Republic

Street musician Jacob Fishesr sings the blues on a street corner in New Orleans, Louisiana, on July 21, 2010. Fisher has a song about government corruption as he and other musicians have written songs about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Music is everywhere on the streets of New Orleans, but these days many of the tunes in the city's vibrant jazz scene focus on the oil spill. Everyone from solo street performers to famous vocalists seems to be writing new songs about the spill or repurposing old standards to thrash out their feelings about the disaster.

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